Founded in 1761, Shenandoah County lies in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Surrounded by the Allegheny and Massanutten mountain ranges and intersected by the Shenandoah River, the county lacks anything but beautiful landscape. Settled by Pennsylvania German farmers, the land has remained virtually untouched.
Today: Today, Shenandoah County is well known for its agricultural products such as: corn, hay, cattle, sheep, llamas, horses, apples, peaches, and grapes. The Shenandoah River, famed for its “seven bends” (although there are many more), feeds the farmlands and natural aquifers in the area.
There is plenty to do and see in Shenandoah County. Its main cities include Woodstock, New Market, Edinburg, Mount Jackson, Strasburg, and Toms Brook offer many attractions. When there isn’t an event going on at the County Fairgrounds, there are always golf courses, caverns, museums, parks, vineyards, and even a covered bridge to visit. Bryce Resort and Orkney Springs are other major destinations for culture, music, and fun.
Located about 12 miles west of Mount Jackson, the Bryce Resort welcomes families to kick back and enjoy the outdoor, dining, and entertainment attractions of the four-season resort. During the winter months, guests are welcome to ski down the resort’s eight trails and ride up on the new quad lift to the top of the mountain. For those wanting to enhance their snowboarding or skiing skills, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the resort’s top rated ski and snowboard school as well as the racing programs.
For those vacationing at Bryce during the spring and the summer, vacationers can enjoy a round of golf at the Championship Golf Course or fly high above the mountaintops on the Zipline Adventure Course. Other sections of the resort include the Lake Laura Beach and Boating Center and the Summer Tubing, a mountain bike park, and Action Sports area, where visitors can partake in Grass Skiing and Mountain Boarding.
The Bryce Resort offers three main dining facilities, including the Restaurant @ Bryce Resort, Copper Kettle Bar & Lounge, and Fireside Grill. The Restaurant and Copper Kettle Bar and Lounge features upscale dining at an affordable price, serving entrées such as Mojito Chicken, Southwest Tilapia, and Cheese Tortellini with Ratatouille. For a more relaxed and casual meal, the Fireside Grill offers hot dishes such as homemade soups, burgers with fresh cut fries, pizzas, soft pretzels, and much more.
First established in 1852, the Town of Edinburg provides residents with a quaint, small town atmosphere. Nestled along Stony Creek, the town features several historic homes, a Bed & Breakfast, campground, bakery, tearoom, small shops and galleries, and a rare pre-Civil War mill.
Historically known as the 1848 Mill, the Edinburg Mill and Museum is now housed on the Great Valley Pike (US-11) next to the Shenandoah River and the nearby railroad. The museum displays a collection of artifacts dating back to the Civil War to remind guests of the land’s rich history. The museum also features an exhibit on the nation’s first Civilian Conservation Camp, which was located on the outskirts of Edinburg.
Originally known as Mount Pleasant, the small town received its modern name on January 28, 1826, as an act of the General Assembly of Virginia renamed the village to honor President Andrew Jackson, who frequently paid a visit to the town while traveling between Washington, D.C. and his Tennessee home.
Mount Jackson serves as the home to many historically establishments, namely the Our Soldiers Cemetery. The cemetery serves as the only Civil War cemetery in Virginia with more than 400 Confederate soldiers buried on the grounds. Across the street from the cemetery is the Civil War Union Church, which was used a hospital to treat wounded Confederate soldiers during battles. Writings written on the walls by Confederate soldiers still remain intact for visitors to see.
Also a member of the Artisan’s Trail Network, the small town also provides housing for the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Center. The art center is dedicated to displaying the masterpieces of local painters, graphic designers, photographers, sculptors, and artisans.
Located right off US Route 11, New Market presents a newly renovated downtown area occupied by unique shops, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, and a theatre.
Further into town, you will discover New Market’s most well known historical attraction. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War showcases exhibits of the Battle of New Market, all the Civil War battles that occurred in Virginia, walking trails, the Bushong Farm, and an annual reenactment of the Battle of New Market.
For the golf enthusiasts, New Market is also home to the award winning Shenvalee Golf Resort, in which the Virginia Living Magazine named it the “Best Golf Course in the Shenandoah Valley” in 2012. The resort features 27 PGA rated holes, a swimming pool, the Miller Grille, top quality lodging, and a sports lounge.
Founded in 1761, the beginnings of Strasburg lied in the hands of pottery makers up until 1909. Visitors can relive the town’s thriving history in the Strasburg Museum (originally the town’s steam pottery building), which displays an array of Civil War artifacts, Native American exhibits, paintings, and much more.
For those interested in exploring Strasburg’s presence in the Civil War, be sure to take a walk in Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park or The Strasburg River Walk. The heavily wooded 18 acre Civil War Park includes several walking trails leading to the Shenandoah Visiting Center as well as the Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum, where visitors can discover the story behind the 1864 Valley Campaign. The River Walk offers wonderful views of the Valley, scenes of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, and a great view of Signal Knob, which was used as a lookout for both Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War.
To top off your day of adventure, be sure to stop by one of the town’s many neighborhood restaurants, like Cristina’s, for a delectable southern cooked meal and live musical entertainment.
Located between Strasburg and Woodstock, Toms Brook is one of many sights in Shenandoah that witnessed much action of the Civil War in 1864. Take a step into the past by discovering the story of the Battle of Toms Brooks at the Hottel-Keller Homestead, which was taken under Union control in 1864 by Major General Phillip H. Sheridan.
Today, much of the town revolves around the trade of artisans and farmers. The Wolfgang Neudorfer Fine Art Studio houses over 800 oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, and pen and ink drawings created by the artist himself. Much of the paintings depict scenes of Shenandoah Valley landscapes, townscapes, and the Shenandoah River. Locals also take great advantage of Riverview Ranch and Stables, where guided trail rides of the 185-acre ranch are offered.
Founded in 1752, Woodstock is deemed as the 4th oldest town in Virginia. One of its most remembered residents was the famed Revolutionary Peter Muhlenberg, who served as one of the town’s Lutheran pastors. He is remembered most for shedding his robe during one of his sermons in 1776 to reveal his uniform fir the Continental Army, stating that this was the time to fight.
Discover more of the town’s history by taking a self-guided tour through Woodstock’s historic homes and churches. Be sure to take a peek into the original Shenandoah County Court House that was designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1795 as well as the Woodstock Museum and the Wickham House to unravel more information on the deep roots of the town.
Woodstock is also called home to many antique, wine, food, and clothing stores in the downtown section. While walking around the town, be sure to stop into one of the award winning cafes or restaurants, such as Sunrise Café, for a juicy burger or cold cut sub.
With the ability to zoom in and out, pan, and identify certain parcels, the Shenandoah County GIS is similar to working with detailed version of Google Maps. A GIS is set up with several layers built into the system for example: flood plains, school districts, parks, civil war battle fields, etc … you can activate the layers you want to see that are impacting a particular property you are researching. Where the parcel boundaries are outlined on the GIS is not one hundred percent reliable so in no way should this be used in place of a survey. It does however serve as a tremendous reference and you do have the ability to use the measuring tool to get rough measurements if you need to. If the aerial photography layer is active you can see the location of structures on any particular lot.
Shenandoah County zoning districts are defined by how a particular property is intended to be used and the regulation that goes along with the district. There are ten different zoning districts throughout the town of Shenandoah County. The most common Residential Districts are listed below. If you are interested in reading more into the specifics of the entire Shenandoah County Zoning Code, click here.
R-1 Low Density Residential – This district is intended to encourage a suitable environment for family life; one which will blend with existing development. The district will permit residential and related uses in somewhat rural areas; development that will have to depend upon on-site water and sewer facilities. Low-density residential areas will mainly develop in clusters.
R-2 Medium-Density Residential – This district will provide for residential areas of a moderate density in sections of the County where development is occurring and is likely to occur. Areas for various housing types, along with certain residentially related uses will be provided. This type of district will be limited to areas around the more developed centers of the County.
R-3 High Density Residential – This district will provide the highest residential density in the County. Multifamily dwellings (apartments) and townhouses, along with residentially related uses are permitted. It is intended that these areas be concentrated only around existing major development centers in the County; i.e., the towns and sanitary districts where various services and facilities are readily available.
Between the eleven schools that make up the Shenandoah County Public School District, approximately 6,177 students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12. With a student-teacher ratio of about 14 students per classroom, students have the opportunity to receive more face time with their teachers as well as engage with their classmates in small groups, allowing them to create personal connections throughout their grade school years. The district spending trends of the Shenandoah County Public Schools for current expenditures averages out to $10,741 per student. To see more information, such as SOL Pass rates and the attendance rates, please click here.
Residents of Shenandoah County are welcome to dispose of household bagged trash and discarded materials free of charge, except for tires, construction debris, and rough materials. Those who are commercial or industrial customers will be charged $36.00 per ton of regular commercial trash. A drop-off recycling facility is also onsite, where items such as cardboard, magazines, newspapers, glass, steal cans, and aluminum are eligible for collection. The landfill is located at 349 Landfill Road Edinburg, Virginia. The landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM and can be reached at (540) 984-8573.
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